Akane Yamamoto

Glass dish with kirikane decoration. “Early spring”

  • Kirikane cut foil embellishing
  • Presented in 2013
  • H 4.3 cm
  • Sold Out

Category Kirikane cut foil embellishing
Year Presented 2013
Dimensions H 4.3 cm
Exhibition The 60th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Kirikane cut foil embellishing

    Kirikane cut foil embellishing was originally used to lavishly decorate Buddhist images. Today the technique is employed on decorative boxes and other craft objects. First, layers of gold leaf made by beating gold into thin, paper-like sheets are heated and combined over a charcoal fire. The resulting foil is cut into shapes such as lines, squares, and triangles using a bamboo knife. A brush is used to apply the cut foil in the desired pattern, and the piece is complete.

Akane Yamamoto

photo Akane Yamamoto

Kirikane (cut foil) embellishing is applied between the glass to lock in the kirikane patterns. Producing kirikane glass artworks by placing kirikane (a technique to cut thin lines of layered gold, silver and platinum foil and adhering them with glue and a brush to create patterns) within the transparent glass as if it were floating in space. With the optical characteristics of glass such as reflecting and refracting, the kirikane floating in the glass creates various patterns like a kaleidoscope.